Loktak Lake is the largest freshwater lake in the region and it’s like nothing you’ve seen before.
Imagine floating circular swamps, or “phumdis” as the locals call them, just chilling on the water surface. It’s like a real-life version of “The Floating Market” in Thailand, except it’s not for shopping.
If you’re lucky, you might spot the brow-antlered deer, or sangai, which is the state animal of Manipur and only found in the Keibul Lamjao National Park. Yes, you heard it right, it’s a floating national park, the only one in the world! It’s a refuge for the endangered deer, and also home to over 230 species of aquatic plants, 100 types of birds, and 400 other fauna like barking deer, sambar, and Indian python. So, birdwatchers, pack your binoculars and get ready for a treat!
The best way to experience the lake is by staying at a homestay and waking up early to take a long fishing boat ride. You can also try your luck at angling or visit the nearby fishermen islands. But wait, there’s more! Hike up to any of the hills surrounding the lake, and you’ll be rewarded with the most spectacular sunset views you’ve ever seen. It’s like nature is putting on a free show just for you.
And if that’s not enough, you can also attend a local function while you’re there. Who knows, you might even end up dancing with the locals and creating unforgettable memories. So, pack your bags and head to Loktak Lake for a vacation that’s equal parts relaxation and adventure.